Edible Cookie Dough

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A Sweet Treat That’s Safe to Eat

My edible cookie dough recipe will curb all of your cookie dough cravings and spare you from the bacteria that’s in the raw stuff. We’ll be using heat treated flour and leaving out the eggs for a safe snack that tastes and feels JUST like the real thing!

I know, you’ve probably had your fair share of “unsafe” cookie dough and may be wondering, “Why the separate recipe?”. I’ve been there too–I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten more chocolate chip cookies raw than baked in my lifetime–but we all know we’re not supposed to do it.

What many people don’t know, however, is that raw eggs are not the only threat in raw cookie dough. Raw flour can contain bacteria like E.coli, which is not something to mess around with! Heat treating the flour beforehand kills off any bacteria without hurting any of the flavor, and it only takes a few minutes to do.

Let’s get to it!

What You Need

Today’s cast of characters should be pretty similar to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, with the obvious exception of eggs. Here are a few of them:

  • Butter. Using unsalted butter allows us to control the salt level in our edible cookie dough. If all you have on hand is salted, check out my post on salted vs. unsalted butter for substitution instructions.
  • Sugar. Most of the sugar in this recipe is brown sugar. You can use light, dark, or a combination of the two (or make your own brown sugar!)!
  • Heat treated flour. Heat treating takes just a few minutes and saves you any concerns about contracting foodborne illness from your cookie dough! I’ll show you how to do it below.
  • Milk. You may or may not need to add milk. I’ve made this recipe dozens of times and have never needed to add milk, and if you measure your flour properly, you likely won’t need it either. If your cookie dough turns out dry or crumbly though, you will just need to add milk to bring it back together.

Remember, this is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!

How to Heat Treat Flour

According to Cooking Light, toasting flour in a 350F oven for just 5 minutes kills off any harmful bacteria (such as E. coli, which is our main concern here).

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (this will make transferring the flour so easy).
  2. Measure out your flour and evenly spread it over the parchment paper.
  3. Bake in your preheated oven for 5-7 minutes.
  4. To ensure that the flour is really safe, I recommend checking it with an instant read thermometer to verify that the temperature is at least 160F. Allow flour to cool before proceeding with recipe.
  1. Heat treat your flour, let it cool, then sift it.
  2. Beat together the butter, sugars, vanilla extract, and salt in a separate bowl until creamy and very well-combined.
  3. Gradually add in the flour until it’s well incorporated.
  4. Stir in your chocolate chips or add-ins.
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